Private money poured into Common Core promotion

Dec 10, 2013 by

Where did this jerk come from?

When did let Steve Odland out of the crazy house?

Steve Odland

By Carol Burris –

I am pleased to see the excitement in the business community for the Common Core. Businesses are the primary consumers of the output of our schools, so it’s a natural alliance.

The “output,” to which the writer refers, is our children.

The above statement is from a blog authored by Allan Golston, the president of the United States Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Golston leads the foundation’s education reform efforts. The entire blog can be found here on the Impatient Optimist website. In the blog, Golston describes a conference he recently attended in New York. It was sponsored by The Committee for Economic Development (CED), a business-led, non-profit think tank that has education reform as a project. According to its website, CED exists to deliver “well researched analysis and reasoned solutions to our nation’s most critical issues.”

The CEO of CED is Steve Odland. At the conference, Odland committed his organization to a two-year pledge to make sure that everyone understands the Common Core standards and to ensure that business leaders have what they need to support their implementation. Here is what he said:

We have to be the adults in the room. It’s not about politics. It’s about great policy.

Those oppositional educators and parents who have been stereotyped as “conservative Tea Party Republicans,” “politically silly.” or “white suburban moms” who cannot accept that their children are not “brilliant” can now sit down and be quiet. The adults have arrived to save the day.

Mr. Odland, the former CEO of Auto Zone (2001-2005) and Office Depot (2005-2010), resigned from Office Depot in 2010, a week after the company announced it settled a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation for more than a million dollars. Odland himself agreed to pay a $50,000 fine without admitting or denying the findings.

via Millions in private money poured into Common Core promotion.

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